Spring Hill College chosen to participate in national project on General Education for a Global Century

Fri, 10/22/2010 (All day)

Washington, D.C., Mobile, Ala. – The Association of American Colleges and Universities announced today that Spring Hill College is one of 32 colleges and universities nationwide chosen in a competitive process to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project that is part of AAC&U’s Shared Futures initiative. The project is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. More than 140 institutions applied to be part of the initiative.

“Spring Hill College is honored to be chosen to participate in this important project,” said Dr. George Sims, Spring Hill’s provost.  “It parallels the college’s commitment to nurture informed dialogue with the world's cultures, religions and peoples, and promote solidarity with the entire human family.

“Dr. Margaret Davis, professor of English, will lead Spring Hill's faculty team in collaboration with the project’s national experts and the other campus teams.”

General Education for a Global Century builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent curricular designs that address complex global issues across divisions and disciplines. In concert with a Global Learning Leadership Council, Spring Hill College will help lead a high profile, national effort to:

  • Articulate essential global learning outcomes for all students;

  • Refine and disseminate models of global general education curricula that can be adapted across all institutional types;

  • Provide faculty development opportunities to assist college faculty in designing and teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues;

  • Develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes.

Institutional teams will spend the fall and winter on their home campuses refining general education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They will also inventory the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger general education efforts. Working through a social networking Web site, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those critical issues will be addressed in the project’s central activity, an intensive summer institute in 2011.

For additional information about the initiative: http://www.aacu.org/SharedFutures/global_century.

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions – including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at www.aacu.org.